Southampton will look to build on their enterprising opening weekend display when they take on Everton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.
The Saints needed a late goal from substitute Shane Long to grab a point in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United last weekend.
Long’s goal with 11 minutes to go cancelled out a debut effort from Georginio Wijnaldum and ensured manager Ronald Koeman didn’t leave the north-east empty handed.
In addition to seeing Long begin the campaign with a goal, Koeman will have also been delighted to see Graziano Pelle get up and running with the Italian scoring the opening goal.
What won’t be pleasing to the former Feyenoord manager is the growing injury list at the club.
Koeman set to be without Ryan Bertrand, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos, Steven Caulkner and summer signing Jordie Clasie.
Clasie is set to be missing for two weeks after suffering an injury playing for the under 21 side on Monday while Caulkner has a sinus infection.
New signing, Oriol Romeu, signed from Chelsea is in line to make his debut while Koeman will return to the dugout with the aid of crutches after missing last weekend’s game following Achilles tendon surgery
Everton also began the season with a 2-2, sharing the spoils with Watford. Manager Roberto Martinez will have Muhamed Besic, Aiden McGeady and Gerard Deulofeu all available for selection while Kevin Mirallas could be fit despite being forced off against the Hornets with an ankle injury,
New signing, Mason Holgate, snapped up from Barnsley could be included in the squad while Leighton Baines will once again be sidelined.
Everton face a tough task on the South Coast with Southampton unbeaten in their last five games at St. Marys. The Toffees have failed to win any of their last six games away to failing to find the net in the last three visits.